Procrastination is a problem for me. Just as the people that work for me. I am not near as productive as I should be. There are always good excuses to put things off. Sound familiar? I feel a little bit like I am writing this MMM directly to myself! There are two specific things I need to remind myself in order to become more productive…
Stop planning, start doing!
I am a great planner. There are a lot of plans in my head, notes in my desk, and lists on my computer. I have regular work projects that need completion. There are books to write and businesses to start. Planning is important but at some point, you have to just do it. Plan appropriately, but don’t let the planning become the work. More importantly, don’t let planning be your excuse for procrastination.
Don’t be a perfectionist!Chasing perfection causes me to take longer to complete tasks. It just takes more time to be perfect and it is almost never required. This is actually a bigger challenge for those of us that are self-employed. We don’t have others to impose deadlines and demand completion despite imperfections. Just know that it always takes longer to be perfect and the payoff for that perfection seldom offsets the time it takes.